In my latest bit of old-house news, we’re redecorating the library. This upstairs room — it was previously a bedroom — had become a catch-all for newspapers, magazines, CDs, antiquated VHS tapes, and too many books for our existing bookcases.
The library’s best feature? A bay of three windows, created by the turret that runs up the east side of the house. Several years ago, I equipped the window with glass shelves for the wintertime display of flowering houseplants. The plants are vacationing outdoors just now.
Consequently, you can’t imagine my excitement when Silver Fox said he’d let me declutter and decorate the room. Oh, what visions of beauty popped into my head!
Alas, my dreams of paneled walls and floor-to-ceiling bookcases were promptly dashed. The Silver Fox told me that any such extreme makeover would put us in the poor house.
Oh, well. A boy can dream. Unlike our parlor, dining room, and music room (above), the library isn’t a “public” part of the house. We don’t use the room for entertaining. Still, the cluttered bookcases set my nerves on edge.
New carpeting seemed the logical first step towards improving the library. Why? Because before the old carpet could come up, and the new version could go down, we’d have to empty out the room! And when you empty a room, you feel inclined to get rid of the things you no longer need, want, or have room for. That’s what “deep cleaning” is all about.
At a minimum, we eliminated one hundred books. Some of these will be donated to local libraries, while others will be deposited in the book-recycling bin at Habitat for the Humanities. We said “buh-bye” to the unwanted DVDs and VHS tapes.
We kept the blue sofa that came from Dominic Dunne’s estate. But we bid adieu to a ratty floral couch. Thus we now have space for a slightly-nicer sofa or “love seat.”
Do you have a proper “entertainment center” in your home? I mean, a piece of furniture that houses your flat-screen TV and its components? Then I want what you have. Or, at least something similar to the 3-piece media center pictured above.
I’ll keep you posted on the library’s progress. Meantime, let me know if you have any decorating or decluttering projects you’d like to tackle in your own home. As always, I love hearing from you!
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